Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Jamaican music producer and iconic figure of of dub and reggae, has asked his fans to stop buying him weed.
Perry, was a pioneer in the 1970s development of dub music, producing for a wide variety of artists such as Bob Marley and the Wailers, Junior Murvin, The Beastie Boys and more.
Now, at the ripe old age of 82, Perry is still performing live shows to his army of cult followers. Having been a longtime smoker, Perry actually announced that he had stopped smoking weed in 2014 and urged people to follow him: “Too much weed, so I get crazy. If you love God you would never destroy your lungs,” he said in an interview with Fader.
Now, Perry has been forced to issue a plea to his fans to stop gifting him weed at his shows, instead asking for mirrors to decorate his outfits. Taking to social media, Perry said:
“As you know you can always meet me backstage after the show, but please don’t bring me any greens! I used to stash it somewhere, forget and had problems by costoms!” [sic]
“Better to bring me little mirrors that I always use for decorating my outfits,” he added.
Preparing to release his newest album Rainford which is due on May 11, Perry has again teamed up with his longtime collaborator Adrian Sherwood.
“It’s the most intimate album Lee has ever made,” Sherwood said of the album before adding “but at the same time the musical ideas are very fresh. I’m extremely proud of what we’ve come up as a piece of work.”